The Bacolod City Police Office will enforce the use of the BaCTrac (Bacolod Contact Tracing System) identification card for those entering its headquarters, starting Monday.
“We would like to inform the public that BCPO will strictly implement the ‘no BaCTrac, no entry’ policy upon entering our premises starting May 3,” the BCPO announced on Facebook yesterday.
The policy will “help in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)”.
Recently, there has been a surge in cases among the Bacolod police personnel, particularly in Police Station 4, where some 14 officers contracted the virus.
Col. Manuel Placido, police city director, said he encourages the police officers not to let their guard down and always be safe.
“I also ask the cooperation of the people in the fight against Covid-19 by doing their share in the information dissemination and following safety precautions,” he added.
Most of those who tested positive are considered asymptomatic, but as a precaution, Placido directed all personnel to undergo surveillance testing to monitor the Covid cases in the BCPO.
All police personnel have been subjected to a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test since April 24.
While waiting for the results, they have been advised to strictly observe health and safety protocols at home and while on duty.
On Tuesday, the offices, buildings, and facilities in the BCPO compound at Magsaysay Avenue were disinfected by personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
All the 10 police stations across the city have been decontaminated too, it added.*PNA